RECORDS OF THE BRODSWORTH ESTATE
This record is held by Doncaster Archives
|Title:||RECORDS OF THE BRODSWORTH ESTATE|
Information about the extent of the estate can be found at DD/BROD/1/1-8, DD/BROD/2/1-25, DD/BROD/7/1-16, DD/BROD/17/36 and DD/BROD/20/1-19. The family also enjoyed income from property in London, acquired as a consequence of the marriage of CSA Thellusson to Georgiana Theobald. Records relating to their post nuptial settlement are to be found at DD/BROD/3/1-28 and DD/BROD/9/83-155. At various times, the estate included property in Hertfordshire, Amotherby in the North Riding of Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Quinnish in Argyllshire. Records relating to these properties can be found at DD/BROD/10/1-4, DD/BROD/17/29, DD/BROD/18/8, DD/BROD/21/1-10, DD/BROD/22/1-6 and DD/BROD/23/1.
The mining of coal on the estate, following the sinking of Brodsworth colliery from 1905, led to the creation of Woodlands, a model colliery village at Adwick le Street and the growth of Adwick le Street itself. Records relating specifically to these developments can be found at DD/BROD/4/13-18 and DD/BROD/21-44, DD/BROD/9/156-173, DD/BROD/11/12, DD/BROD/17/1-6 and DD/BROD/17/31-35, DD/BROD/18/1, DD/BROD/20/34-53, DD/BROD/20/58-151, DD/BROD/20/153-157 and DD/BROD/23/9. Additionally, information on this, as on other aspects of the management of the estate, is to be found in the correspondence of the agent for the estate in DD/BROD/15 and DD/BROD/16.
The few personal papers of the family are catalogued at DD/BROD/14/1-43 and are largely concerned with its interest in yachting. Records relating to the fabric of the Hall are to be found at DD/BROD/12/1-14, DD/BROD/13/1-25 and DD/BROD/17/39.
From 1891, there is a relatively substantial quantity of records relating to the activities of successive agents to the estate, particularly annual and other accounts (see DD/BROD/9/1-15, DD/BROD/10/1-4 and DD/BROD/11/1-25), correspondence (DD/BROD/15 AND DD/BROD/16) and subject files and other records (DD/BROD/17 and DD/BROD/18).
DD/BROD/1/1-8 TERRIERS AND VALUATIONS 1818 - 1934
DD/BROD/2/1-25 WOODLANDS ESTATE AND OTHER PROPERTIES 1791 - 1904
DD/BROD/3/1-90 POST NUPTIAL SETTLEMENT 1804 - 1935
DD/BROD/4/1-48 CORRESPONDENCE, WILLS AND DRAFT MINING LEASES 1856 - 1952
DD/BROD/5/1-13 GAME 1913 - 1958
DD/BROD/6/1-6 LIVE STOCK BREEDING 1909 - 1930
DD/BROD/7/1-16 RETURNS TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT 1910 - 1918
DD/BROD/8/1-9 COPY TITHE AWARDS 1901 - 1930
DD/BROD/9/1-185 ANNUAL ACCOUNTS 1892 - 1987
DD/BROD/10/1-4 RENTALS 1892 - 1970
DD/BROD/11/1-36 ACCOUNT BOOKS 1883 - 1980
DD/BROD/12/1-14 VOUCHERS 1883 - 1912
DD/BROD/13/1-25 FABRIC AND CONTENTS 1858 - 1980
DD/BROD/14/1-43 FAMILY 1841 - 1952
DD/BROD/15/1-53 IN-LETTERS 1891 - 1919
DD/BROD/16/1-20 OUT-LETTERS 1891 - 1925
DD/BROD/17/1-44 SUBJECT FILES 1904 - 1933
DD/BROD/18/1-9 OTHER RECORDS 1906 - 1960
DD/BROD/19/1-10 BRODSWORTH VILLAGE 1841 - 1971
Maps and Plans
DD/BROD/20/1-158 MAPS AND PLANS 1840 - 1955
DD/BROD/21/1-10 AMOTHERBY ESTATE 1911 - 1919
DD/BROD/22/1-3 QUINNISH ESTATE 1946 - 1963
DD/BROD/23/1-9 PRINTED WORKS 1921 - 1976
Deeds relating to the Brodsworth estate (other than those on Woodlands and other properties at DD/BROD/2/1-25 and DD/BROD/20/54-57) and a small quantity of other papers are held on deposit at the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, references DD 132 and DD168.
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The records catalogued here relate to the Brodsworth Estate, comprising property in Brodsworth and the surrounding area in the former West Riding of Yorkshire, now South Yorkshire, but also property elsewhere in the United Kingdom owned by the Thellusson family and its successors. The estate, including Brodsworth Hall, was purchased in 1791 from the family of Hay-Drummond, earls of Kinnoul by Peter Thellusson (died 1797), a London merchant of Swiss extraction. The earlier history of the ownership of the estate is outlined in Joseph Hunter, South Yorkshire, volume 1, pages 314-316. The peculiar terms of the will made by Peter Thellusson in 1796 (see Hunter, pages 317-318) led to extended litigation and the Brodsworth estate was ultimately inherited by the descendants of Charles, his third son. Estates in Suffolk passed to a senior branch of the family, ennobled with the title of Barons Rendlesham.
The grandson of Charles, named Charles Sabine Augustus (1822-1885) was the inheritor of Brodsworth and some years after entering on his inheritance, decided to demolish the Georgian hall and replace it with a new building designed by an Italian architect. On the death of CSA Thellusson, the estate passed to his eldest son, Peter (1850-1899) and then laterally to Peter's similarly childless brothers, Herbert (1854-1903), Charles (1860-1919) and finally Augustus (1862-1931). Records generated by the taxation of the estate on these successive inheritances are to be found at DD/BROD/3/34-39, DD/BROD/3/45-65. The estate then came into the possession of Charles Grant-Dalton, the son of CSA Thellusson's daughter Constance (1858-1893). After the death of Charles Grant-Dalton, the estate was occupied by his wife Sylvia. On her death in 1991 it descended to her daughter Mrs Pamela Williams. On inheriting, Mrs. Williams presented the house to English Heritage, which thereupon purchased the contents. The remainder of the Brodsworth estate remains in the possession of the family.
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